Black History Month Mass at Cathedral Feb. 4


Auxiliary Bishop Gerald T. Walsh, vicar for clergy, will be the principal celebrant of the annual archdiocesan Black History Month Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m.

Father Patrick Smith, pastor of St. Augustine parish in Washington, D.C., the mother church of African-American Catholics there, will deliver the homily.

The Mass also will observe the National Day of Prayer for the African-American and African Family.

Music will be led by a combined Choir comprised of members from parishes in the archdiocese under the direction of Dr. BrVon Neal, a Grammy Award-winning musician who is director of music at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem.

Brother Tyrone Davis, C.F.C., is executive director of the archdiocesan Office of Black Ministry, the sponsor of the Mass.

Bus service is available from Harlem and the Bronx; a reservation is required. For bus reservation or additional information, contact the archdiocesan Office of Black Ministry, (646) 794-2681 or


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